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BMW M6: now with 592bhp
Good news for those of you who like competition, and indeed packages: BMW has replaced the old ‘Competition Package’ for its M6 family with a new ‘Competition Package’ that provides lots more, um, competition. In a package.
Fittingly, the first thing to get more competitive is the engine. With the new pack installed, BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces a rather more substantial 592bhp (600PS), around 40bhp above the standard M6. Torque is also up from 501lb ft to 516lb ft.
As such, the M6 will now do 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds (or 4.0s for the M6 cabrio), go from 0-124mph in 11.8s (0.6s quicker than before) and top out at a limited 155mph, or 189mph with the right box ticked.
BMW has applied some chassis tweakery too. The springs, dampers and anti-roll bars are all stiffer, the active M diff now has its own control unit for better traction, the steering has a more ‘direct’ mapping, and the dynamic mode is “focused even more intently on delivering sporty handling”.
There’s also the not-so-small matter of the new 20-inch light alloy wheels, stickier tyres, and black chrome quad exhausts. You’ll be able to buy the new Competition Pack from July 2015, though no mention has been made of pricing.
592 horses from the factory is impressive. But if you still want more, G-Power can rustle up something from the last-gen M6. Something with 987 horses…